Luke 15:22-24, But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26,  For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Psalm 13:6, I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 68:4, Sing to God, sing in praise of His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before Him—His name is the Lord.

This week we have been answering the Question “How to get closer to God.” Through studying the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, we understand the process of closing the gap of distance between us and our heavenly father.

Step one: He got fed up with his life!

Step two: He owned his own sin.

Step three: He went back to his father and offered himself up! Going back to God and simply offering yourself up is a critical step in regaining closeness with the Lord. It demonstrates moving from a “self-centered life” to a “God-centered life”.

Today, I want to look at the importance of the father’s response. The Bible says the father was welcoming and excited when the son came back and offered himself up.

Luke 15: 22-  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet… Let’s have a feast and celebrate.”

What an incredible picture. The Father does not say, “I told you so!” He does not say, “You blew it!” He just simply says, “Let’s celebrate!”

And that is the same God we serve today. He is ready to throw a party for us when we take those steps to get closer to Him. His arms are open, and He is waiting. All we have to do is RETURN to Him.

Think about it and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D